Jake Stromboli infracaninophile
Tue May 30 11:18:09 CDT 2006

comments at whitehouse.gov

let the "president" know that he is senselessly killing people and unlike 
nixon is too stubborn to pull out before a bad situation explodes into a 
total disaster beyond repair.

Bush Gets More Bad News From Iraq

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

Monday, May 29, 2006

(05-29) 15:08 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --

Just when President Bush was trying to accentuate the positive in Iraq and 
declare a new beginning in the war on terror, a rash of bad news comes from 
multiple fronts in the global struggle.

New details are emerging in the killings of two dozen Iraqi civilians at the 
hands of Marines. Anti-American protesters are staging riots in Afghanistan 
after a U.S. military convoy rammed into several civilian cars. And a 
reported 75 military detainees at Guantanamo Bay are on a hunger strike to 
protest their continued imprisonment without charges.

Add the trouble to the continuing daily violence in Iraq ? at least 40 were 
killed in a series of bombings Monday, including two from a CBS News crew ? 
and Bush could be in danger of losing even more support for his mission.

Bush has tried to keep the nation behind him with repeated talk about the 
importance of defeating the terrorists abroad so they cannot attack the 
United States again. He has expressed confidence that the U.S. will prevail 
and spread democracy. And he has acknowledged costly mistakes along the way.

In the past week, Bush has spoken about a new chapter in the nation's 
relationship with Iraq since a new government has taken control. But that 
hasn't kept the violence and unrest out of the headlines every day, and some 
in the White House have been arguing that he needs to do more to push back. 
His public relations blitzes on the war have helped build support in the 
past, according to public opinion polls taken before and after his 

At a press conference last week, Bush said the war has featured personal 
mistakes ? specifically his "tough talk" about capturing Osama bin Laden 
"dead or alive" and challenging U.S. foes to "bring it on." And he said the 
worst mistake the country has made in Iraq was the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse 
scandal. "We've been paying for that for a long period of time," Bush said.

He has not yet commented publicly on an incident in Iraq that Rep. John 
Murtha, a decorated Marine war veteran and prominent critic of Iraq policy, 
has contended could undermine U.S. efforts there even more than Abu Ghraib 

Murtha, D-Pa., has spoken critically about reports that Marines killed two 
dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children, last November 
in Haditha, a city western Iraq that has been plagued by insurgents. The 
congressman also believes that the deaths were initially covered up by the 

The killings came after a bomb rocked a military convoy on Nov. 19, killing 
a Marine. Marines then shot and killed unarmed civilians in a taxi at the 
scene and went into homes and shot other people, according to Murtha, who 
has been briefed by officials.

The Pentagon is investigating the deaths in Haditha, along with the events 
in Afghanistan that sparked rioting there Monday.

Witnesses said the incident began when a convoy of at least three U.S. 
Humvees came into the city from the outskirts, then rammed into a rush-hour 
traffic jam, hitting several civilian cars. There were disputes about the 
number of deaths, but at least one person died.

The crash sparked a riot by dozens of stone-throwing Afghans who shouted 
"Down with America." Witnesses said U.S. forces then fired on the crowd, and 
the violence escalated.

Hundreds of Afghan army troops and NATO peacekeepers in tanks were deployed 
around the city, as chanting protesters marched on the presidential palace 
and rioters smashed police guard boxes, set fire to police cars and 
ransacked buildings.

The military also is dealing with defiant prisoners at Guantanamo Bay who 
are trying to draw attention to the fact that some have been held for up to 
4 1/2 years without charges and with little contact with the outside world.

The U.S. military holds about 460 men at Guantanamo on suspicion of links to 
al-Qaida or the Taliban. Human rights groups say many innocent people have 
been swept up in the Bush administration's war on terrorism and sent to the 
prison at the Cuban base in Guantanamo Bay, with no end in sight to their 
incarceration. Only 10 of the detainees have been charged with crimes.

Their military trials, the first held by the United States since the World 
War II era, are set to begin within months. The Supreme Court, however, is 
expected to rule in June on whether Bush overstepped his authority by 
ordering war-crimes trials for some of those held at Guantanamo Bay.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Nedra Pickler covers the White House for The Associated 

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